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Termites are one of Australia’s most destructive pests. As social insects, they live in colonies and breed rapidly. In fact, one termite colony can number in the millions. Commonly referred to as ‘white ants’, termites are actually more closely related to cockroaches. While these pests vary in size, shape and colour, all termite types feed on wood and can cause costly damage to your property.

Over 100,000 Australian properties suffer from termite attacks every year. Left untreated, termites can cause major structural damage to your home or business and cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. If you want to control and prevent these pests from invading your property, you should invest in professional termite treatment.

Termites are common pests in Australia and ingest cellulose-based materials. They are nasty critters that generally feed on the wooden parts of your property. Wood is a common structural element found in most properties, and is a material found in many garden features too. Termites can cause significant structural damage that is costly to repair. The timely identification of termites is crucial to minimising damage and keeping costs low.


There are many species of termites. The specie of termite helps us understand the termite’s feeding habits. This provides insight into the termite’s feeding preferences and the types of materials it is likely to infest. Not all termites are destructive. The three categories of destructive termites are: subterranean, drywood and dampwood.


The most common type of termite is the subterranean termite, which is often pale white in colour. These termites are commonly known as ‘white ants’. They require a source of moisture to survive and enjoy eating through wooden materials that are moist and wet. They thrive when a property has wooden stumps submerged in soil and earth. The termites will tunnel their way through the earth to reach various parts of the stumps that are surrounded by moist conditions.

The termites will form tubes using soil, wood, faeces and saliva to protect their nests and travel paths. These shelter tubes or mud tubes are common signs of a termite infestation. Formation of these tubes are more prevalent during humid and tropical conditions where the environment is warm, wet and moist. In these conditions, the likelihood of termites foraging to find cellulose-based materials is high.


As the name suggests, these termites live inside dry wooden materials. They typically infest softwood and hardwood materials and are commonly not found near wet or moist environments. The wood provides all the moisture that the termite requires to survive. This type of termite is usually found feeding on the structure and wooden elements of your property such as the flooring, door jambs, window frames and skirting boards. Since drywood termites require a high level of humidity to survive, make sure all parts of your property are appropriately ventilated to keep humidity levels low.


This type of termite feeds on decaying and rotten wooden substances. For example, a decaying tree stump, rotting wooden floorboards or infested garden structures are common homes for this type of termite. Like drywood termites, they live completely inside the wooden material so it may take many months or even years to discover their presence. Colonies are generally small, and swarming may occur over several months. To treat these termites, it is best to remove the source of moisture, safely dispose the rotting or decaying material, and to treat the surrounding area to kill any larvae.


Swarming  termites known as Alates are known for having wings. The role of the swarming termites is to fly to new locations to expand their colony and presence respectively. Often the swarming members of a termite colony are confused with moths because they fly around in search for a new home to reproduce and develop a colony. It is important to keep a look out for these pests and engage a professional pest controller at the first sighting to ensure appropriate and adequate treatment is applied before the new colony establishes.

It is common in Australia for home insurance policies to not cover damage caused by termites. Since termites are a part of nature and present throughout Australia, it pays to be vigilant. Never leave any sighting of termites unattended because it is best to have the area inspected and treated even if the infestation is small to prevent the situation becoming worse.



Termites often do not make their presence known immediately or in the short-term. Usually, it becomes apparent that termites are present because of visible damage to your property. This awareness occurs at a later stage after the termites have devoured most of the wooden parts of your home. It is important to inspect your property on a regular basis to ensure termites are not around. Especially when your property is located in moist, humid or tropical conditions, the prevalence of termites will be high.

Here is a list of common signs of termite infestation.

  • Hollow timber: When you tap against a timber material and it sounds hollow, termites might be infesting underneath. Without making an inspection hole, a professional termite controller can use a thermal measuring device to detect termites underneath a surface.
  • Papery wooden substance: When a wooden substance feels papery and flakes forms, termites might be feeding and weakening the substance. If all that remains is a thin layer of wood and paint, it might be time to strip back the material and inspect underneath.
  • Shallow skirting board: A shallow skirting that has lost its structural integrity might be infested with termites. If you can poke your finger through the board, there is likely to be termite damage underneath.
  • Hole in the flooring: Holes in flooring are not always signs of termites. However, if your flooring has a moist environment underneath, this could be a sign that termites have eaten their way through the flooring boards. You can avoid this issue by polishing the boards and treating all surfaces.
  • Cracks in door jambs or window frames: As termites feed on wooden substances, the structural integrity of the substance weakens. Eventually, the door jamb, cornice or window frame will crack at the mitre joint. Check to see whether the cause of this crack is due to termites or movements to structure of the property.
  • Tight fitting doors or windows: When termites infest on doors and windows, they excrete a substance which traps heat and moisture. This is important for termites so that they survive. This causes the wooden material to swell. The effect of the swelling is to make doors tighter to close and windows harder to move.
  • Mud on wooden elements: Termites form mud tubes or shelter tubes to protect themselves from the environment. They use these tubes to travel from one location to another and to nest on wooden substances. This helps them to support their feeding habits. Any sign of soil or mud deposits on wooden elements of your property should be immediately treated and securely disposed.

If you suspect termites are active around your property, we can help. At Amazon Pest Control Services, we provide affordable, reliable and safe termite treatment in Sydney. With over 25 years’ experience in pest control, we have the expertise to fix your termite problems for good.


The CSIRO says that one in three properties will be affected by termites. If a colony attacks your home or business, anything made of wood is likely to get damaged, and insurance rarely covers these damages. Termites can attack structural timbers such as joists, bearers, roofing support timbers, wooden floors, skirting boards, Door Frames, window frames, timber cabinet, picture rails, wardrobes, timber stud walls behind gyprock, timber posts and fences, cardboard boxes, books, stored paintings, bookshelves etc the list goes on and on.


You should contact a professional pest control company and book a termite inspection if you notice any of these signs around your property:

  • Flying termites and fallen wings
  • Clicking sounds in your walls or ceiling
  • Any Timber that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Mud/sand type material forming in and around timber edges
  • Timber doors or windows becoming hard to open
  • Peeling paint that looks water damaged
  • Powdery droppings around timber


At Amazon Pest Control Services, we offer effective termite treatments in Sydney. Specialising in termite treatment, inspection, protection and control, we have the knowledge and experience to fix your termite problems.

How to get rid of


  • Getting rid of termites requires two things: a pest control professional regularly attending your property, and proactive cleaning measures by the property owner. At Amazon Pest Control Services, our termite inspection and treatment services can maintain a pest-free zone around your property. Property owners can help by keeping their home or business clean and removing any unwanted timber, green waste away from the property.
  • As termites secretly eat the timbers in your property, they are always looking for new sources of food. Like any living organism, finding foods requires effort and often they will eat anything that is easiest to obtain. As their feeding frenzy continues, it will become more apparent that termites are roaming around in your property. It is important that you engage a professional pest controller and do not attempt to treat termites yourself. Termites are notoriously destructive and if treated incorrectly, they can cause even more damage and relocate to a new area in your property.
  • It is best to engage a professional termite controller who will conduct a survey of the property and ensure that the entire property is appropriately and adequately treated for termites. Completing a partial job is not an ideal solution because living larvae can transform into termites and then reproduce to create even more termites. Often, termite treatment requires multiple visits to protect the property from termites completely over the longer term.
  • When looking for a termite control company, engage a service provider that has the skills, relevant experience and tools to treat termites effectively. Understanding how termites nest and travel is crucial to targeting the treatment application directly at the source. Professional termite controllers also have access to useful equipment that can detect termites under surfaces without having to make holes in the property. In addition, professional service providers use quality treatment products that are safe for humans, pets and plants.
  • The best approach to Termites is to be proactive. It is recommended by Australian Standards that every home should be inspected for Termites at least annually. Normal Home Insurance Warranty does not cover termite damage. There is no way of predicting the financial cost of termites eating your home, but it can range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Engaging a suitably qualified Termite Inspector, at least annually can help you avoid costly repairs and inconvenience.
  • If you suspect you may have active Termites do not spray or disturb the area, Call immediately for a Free Onsite confirmation and quotation to address the problem as soon as possible. 

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  • Due to the potential high economic loss, it is recommended that as a home owner you undertake a professional Termite Inspection of your property at least annually. 
  • During a termite inspection, the pest control professional checks your property for signs of termites. Accessible timbers in your property’s interior, exterior, subfloor, roof, garden and fences are all inspected. You then receive a Termite Inspection Report which includes findings about the inspected areas, inaccessible high-risk areas and recommended treatments.
  • If Active Termites are discovered you will be provided with a Free Quote detailing a proven solution to rid your home of termites.